PROCEDURE-COURT

New 90-Day Termination Notice Requirement Applied to Long-Term Tenant

March 23, 2020    

Landlord sued to evict month-to-month tenant after sending a 30-day termination notice, claiming that tenant was unregulated and had no lease. Landlord claimed that the apartment was unregulated because it was...

Landlord's Acceptance of Rent Checks Formed No Waiver

March 23, 2020    

Landlord sued to evict tenant for creating a nuisance. Tenant asked the court to dismiss the case because landlord had accepted checks from the Dept. of Social Services (DSS) issued to cover tenant's rent. The...

Landlord Must Send Long-Term Month-to-Month Tenant 90-Day Termination Notice

March 12, 2020    

Landlord sued to evict tenant and claimed that the apartment was unregulated because it was located in a private home with fewer than six dwelling units and no lease in effect. Landlord started the housing court case...

Landlord Didn't Deliver Timely Copy of Termination Notice to DHCR

February 15, 2020    

Landlord sued to evict rent-controlled tenant for creating a nuisance by permitting a "horrific bed bug infestation to develop." Tenant asked the court to dismiss the case because landlord failed to deliver...

Net Lessee Has Standing to Commence Eviction Proceeding

January 29, 2020    

Landlord sued to evict hotel-stabilized permanent tenant for nonpayment of rent. Tenant claimed that landlord, a net lessee, didn't have standing to bring the eviction proceeding. The court ruled against tenant,...

Landlord's HDFC Status Was Unexplained in Court Papers

January 29, 2020    

Landlord HDFC sued to evict month-to-month tenant after sending a 30-day termination notice, and claimed that tenant wasn't subject to any form of regulation. The trial court ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed...

Court Mistakenly Gave Landlord Judgment of Possession

December 19, 2019    

Landlord sued to evict Yonkers tenant for illegal subletting. The court ruled for landlord based on tenant's failure to make a court-ordered rent deposit. Tenant appealed, and the case was reopened. It was an...

Landlord Sanctioned for Ordering Notice of Eviction from Marshal

December 16, 2019    

Landlord sued to evict tenant for nonpayment of rent. Landlord and tenant signed a settlement agreement in November 2018. Tenant agreed to pay back rent plus current rent by Dec. 31, 2018. In April 2019, a warrant of...

HSTPA Choice of Forum Provision Doesn't Bar Court from Transferring Case to DHCR

December 16, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenant sued landlord for rent overcharge. The court ruled in June 2019 that the DHCR was in a better position to determine and calculate the amount of overcharge damage and that the case should...

Tenant Gets Default Judgment Vacated

November 21, 2019    

Landlord sued to evict tenant for chronic nonpayment of rent, claiming that the apartment was unregulated. The court ruled for landlord based on tenant's failure to appear in court. The court later denied tenant...

NYCHA Must Perform Reasonable Inquiry to Avoid Overlapping Cases

November 21, 2019    

Landlord NYCHA sued tenants in various buildings for nonpayment of rent. The court held a hearing to address the issue of overlapping rents sought in multiple proceedings involving different tenants. The petitions...

Landlord Improperly Claimed Tenant Was a Licensee

November 21, 2019    

Landlord sued to evict apartment occupant, after sending him a 10-day notice to quit. Landlord claimed that the occupant was a licensee, not a tenant. Occupant pointed out various indicators that he was a tenant. The...